Grateful Dead Live at John F Kennedy Stadium on 1989-07-07
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was labeled as (Healy Mix) SBD>MC>DAT>CDR; but this is an audience recording
via Paul Bottiglio; Tim wiley
- 2004-07-12 09:40:19
- Philadelphia, PA
- John F Kennedy Stadium
Subject: It was a pinnacle show, loose in the tightest way!
Subject: Meet Up At The Movies
Subject: Hot, miserable, joyful
Subject: A piece of Philly history
I followed East Coast tours from early 1980s till the end and this was the most monstrous scene i ever saw. I remember standing in top row during Brent's rave, scanning the scene outside. It was a tie-dye city that stretched to the horizon. Heads dosing each other with spray bottles. Philly cops flabbergasted. Wonder how many people got dosed by spray that dazzling day.
Subject: Thanks Archive
Subject: 80's as good as it gets
Subject: Nostalgia, but great show too
Fucking hell, Brent, you laid it out this night. What a thrill.
Subject: Hot, hot, hot!
Subject: Easiest Way to Download
For instance, on this page just go to:
All the files will be listed there for you to download.
If it's a SBD, you can't take the lossless files, so take the files with .vbr.mp3 extensions.
(PS. If you have a download tool like Downthemall and set a filter, you can have the whole show in about five minutes. This is by far the easiest way . . . no streaming, no software, just downloading.)
this should encode the mp3 format files into .wav files. this might take 10-15 minutes. you can then use itunes to import the wav files into itunes. then sync.
Subject: There...I said it
Subject: First TIme
Subject: Real Love.....
I originaly reviewed this last July 6th. Now I see this version is an aud. My version is a DSBD/AUD Healy mix. I have a brother who hooked me up with a couple hundred shows. I'll bet that's where I got it. I'm amazed how many shows he hooked me up with that have no SBD on the archives.
Subject: L A S T SHOW EVER AT JFK STADIUM I WAS ?
Subject: Good show sorry I missed this one
Subject: A real good time
This was the summer before my senior year. I was 16. My freinds and I decided to hit as many shows as we could that summer. We trucked up to Buffalo for a great show and made it to Philly with more than enough time to get a great parking spot and set up the tent. The vibe of this show was memorable as has been mentioned and its been great reading the anecdotes. Its funny the stuff you remember. We all distinctly remember seeing a guy pass out and hearing his head thud as we made our way to our spots on the field on Phil's side. Could have been a bummer but he was attended to and the overall vibe was so positive.
A few points I haven't seen made: Phil's bass intro to the Other One just thundered. He didn't always do it in this era and it was awesome. This show sounded great from where we were.
I was a Brent fan and never really understood the older head's animosity. This was certainly an awesome Brent show. I don't think it was the best Blow Away ever - the drummers are out of synch and off tempo at the start - but the Brent rap was certainly the best Brent moment I ever saw or have heard. "There's something I've been trying to get through to you." Brent would often go for things vocally and come up a bit short of his aim. Vocal improv ain't easy (Pigpen was a master). Here he just goes for it and nails it!
In his generally negative Allmusic review of the official realease, Jeff Tamarkin uses this Blow Away to state "Mydland's preening and improvising quickly goes from awkward to annoying over the course of the song's dozen minutes, and makes one wish for one of the band's principal vocalist/writers to wrest the microphone away and implore him to stick to backup vocals." Well by all accounts, they were pushing him to do more! Some people still don't get it, and that's ok. At least take solace in the fact that Jerry seemed to love playing with the guy. But even if you're not a Brent fan, you gotta have a pretty hard heart not to admit that the soul-baring emotion poured forth here and connection with the crowd is impressive. It sure made me grin! A totally memorable, touching moment.
By the way, Blow Away appears to have been Jerry's idea here. He's the one who starts it up after Let It Grow and he is all smiles. You can see him lean over to Brent as they go into Let It Grow and appear to tell him he wants to do Blow Away next. I love how Brent pops in a piece of gum at the start like "here we go!"
And what a treat to be able to wander back to the tent to discuss what was just witnessed. It wasn't yet downhill from here. What a summer!
Subject: Now I get it!
Subject: Enjoy it while you can guys
Subject: Fond Memory
Subject: what a show
I REMEMBER BITCHING ABOUT SUCKY SHOWS,BUT NOW
I WOULD GIVE ALL THAT I HAVE TO BE AT A BAD GRATEFUL DEAD SHOW RIGHT NOW
Subject: an unforgettable day....
Miss you, Jer & Brent...
Subject: PIG IN THE MUD!
Subject: RE: The END od JFK superhot!!!!!!!!
Subject: Blow Away
Subject: The END od JFK superhot!!!!!!!!
I couldn't believe all the ppl that showed up. Every single parking lot for miles was full of heads.
PPl on the floor where holding up there tickets to sell to collectors because it was to be the last show at JFK. I also remember
ppl taking chunks of concrete home in their backpacks.
Lots of paper - I believe woodstocks I think"! wait I also think blue lighting bolts boy where they strong, lol.
THE BEST SCARLET FIRE EVER! Brent's Blow away in the first set "do you guys remember open up that fist , feel that breeze -oh my god this band was was insane- a breeze came by that no one in that huge concrete thing could not deny it to be true. Also does anyone remember the guy that jumped of the back of JFK during Wharf Rat(ill get up and fly aw***), they
said he bounced, and lived omg no joke. (I think RfDead is correct a Girl fell off and lived) correction
Shaman effect is a good way that darazn1 describes it. And being possible # uno show of the 80's period. VERY intense lot scene!!!! ppl where going across rt 95 to a public pool or somekind of pool in heards going in and out like a cattle drive every one was wondering where the water drenched ppl where coming from very strange.
My wife though the keys to our rabbit in the trash at the end of the night and we couldn't
get into our car - I said I bet you throw them away, we looked in trash there they were. OMFG.
Echoing what Emmell said- "Sweltering heat and high humidity in a crumbling venue. People laid out on the grass in various stages of dehydration"
he was not joking at all. I also remember getting up and going down into the stadiums food / drink/ rest room area, there where oil / hazardous barrels off to the side with just caution tape to keep you away from all the toxic waste and crumbled up junk. The JFK staff had a big fight with GD crew
and the philly fire department wanted it shut down at around 1-2 in the afternoon. that's when things started getting of the hook -80 90 thousand heads and your going to shut the place down "you cant do that"
all kinds of rumors of what was going to happen it was a real life soap opera. They deciding to let the show go on and one hell of a show it was. Out of the 85 -90 shows i caught
this was in my top three. 5 stars all the way many ppl where changed for life after this one included yours truly -
although RFK 90 was so similar and awesome too.
Wanna see Garcia one last time for real??? No joke- follow this holy grail and Make a night out of this show and your dreams
might just come true too, just beleive!!!!!!!!!!!
God bless the Grateful Dead and thank you Jerry!!
Subject: The day my life was changed
Subject: This is not a sbd
Subject: True blue Dead!
This is one of those all time great shows. Certainly one oftheir best stadium gig in this year and '90. Only Three Rivers in '90 gets close to this and even then the emotion of this show overwhelms it. I can feel this show when I listen to it and I wasn't there!
Truly inspiring. So many highlights I won't even mention them. We all know them. Okay! But just three. The SOTM deserves special mention as does the Scar>Fire. Lovelight is a special treat and it's how you can tell these guys were really on this night.
I know some people don't likesound the reminiscing reviews and just want the goods but they can kiss my ass. Many of the reviews here are deeply moving and make me feel like I'm still part of a great community as aoposed to a little downloader sitting at home with his finger on the "enter" button. And that's what it has always been about.
I saw Rich and Alpine this summer. The Alpines were great shows. Oddly "they" put out the Rich show for us. Not nearly as good as this one, Lemieux. Get with it, buddy! I wish I'd seen this one too.
In the fall I came to Philly to see them play the Spectrum and it met every expectation. I loved the crowd and the people I met. Many kind moments. There were a few key places to see the Dead and this Philly was one of them. Thank you for a real good time!
The freakiest thing was the lack of a solid Shakedown St. but I was told it was over at the JFK lot and we walked over. I could see what looked like a semi-demolished stadium in the distance in the darkness looking like the hull of a shipwreck. It spooked me and we decided to just head back to the motel.
Love you Philly! Many wonderful shows from both these venues.
Subject: Thank you EVERYONE!
We were to the left of Jerry three rows up on the metal risers with the big screen and speakers in our face - and a very visible (life size) looking band - of course I lost my mind - on Let it Grow having been partial to Weather Report Suite for Years and I love shows that kick off with Hell in a Bucket, Iko, Iko is such good fun - what music should be, and Wharf Rat always gets me...everyone's comments bring back such lightning bolt memories - it was all there - the toxic waste drums with the half ass*d yellow tape sort of up and leaking.....
The maddening heat - the exhausted, going for it dance a thon - the rumor mill about the condition of the stadium - during the freakin'show - I think made people just dance harder in the stands..the closing venue atmosphere - the grab for bits and pieces of the stadium on the way out - somebody wrote he got clunked in the head with concrete and loved every minute of it - only in Philly, only in Philly - dead heads everywhere - wall to wall parking lots full of revelers coming, going, staying, looking for keys (LOL) - that's awesome. I always somehow walk straight back to the car - good directional skills - don't even check what row - you know - one year coming out of a dead show Jerry scrambled my tuning fork up so bad I couldn't find my damn car - a lot time and wandering went by - that whole summer until I went back to another show - I could never find my car in parking lots - I would just get outside the mall or whatever and just laugh - damn you Garcia - where's my car...and after the next show re-calibrated - I love the dead for stuff like that...
Back at JFK I had water to share and was greeted upon leaving the show by a desperate but happy, thirsty mini mob - A guy looked at me an hollered "water, water" at the top of his lungs (we had carried several jugs in and had a almost full one coming back out) a swarm of people turned - Boy did I hand that jug off fast - someone yelling "just give it to them." "Thank you, thank you - desert island stuff ...man we had fun, laughed at everything, slack jawed and amazed all day - at everything and everyone - including our moronic selves.
It was a riotous event, the band, the sun set - big fat orange, hazy sun going down - the Brent breeze it was all there - even that stupid plane flying over head - thank you everyone for this database - and those reminiscing I haven't had the old steal your face right off your head smile in a long, long, time -
other shows out here are doing the same thing for me - helping me to remember and I'm freakin' remembering, long term memory not as shot as the short term - WOW - what hot fun in the city, in the summer - I was blown away by how good this show was considering there were about 100,000 people there - and crazy open stadium acoustics but big time energy, big time sound system and big time fun - thank you EVERYONE! From the bottom of my heart.
Author - Journey Home
Subject: PIG IN THE MUD!
Subject: Life Changing Show!!!
This is the best show I've ever attended in all aspects. Crowd, music, set list, and most of all - The VIBE! What a vibe there was that day. This was my first outdoor GD show and the craziest crowd I was ever in. I mean it was insanity all day. It seemed like the Dead were f-ing with our heads. Of course, the 5 different kinds of paper we sampled before the show had a lot to do with it, but never-the-less me and my two friends were tinkering on the edge of insanity all day. To make things even stranger, we had a parapalegic in a wheel chair sitting behind us and partying with us just as hard as we were. It didn't seem like he was with anyone else. How did he get there??
Hornsby and the Range opened up and then the Dead came on as the sun was beginning its descent. As they played it seemed like the music was pulling the sun down. They amazingly ended their 1st set just as the sun dipped below the coliseum. What perfect timing.
The boys were really on this day too. Iko Iko had everyone doing a tribal like clap-chant thing and then came the best Rooster I've ever heard to this day and I'm not a big Rooster fan. But listen to the use of Jerry's MIDI on this. I thought it was me that day hearing it that way but listening back - it really was sounding like that. Whew! I wasn't losing my mind after all.
Bobby's screaming during Hell in a Bucket and Memphis Blues sent shivers through my nervous system that is still vibrating to this day.
Jerry sang a passionate Ramble On Rose while I watched a hippie chick do a swirling dance with a bottle of Vodka in one hand. How did she get that in??
Brent pours everything he has into Blow Away.
Does anyone remember the microphone stands on the stairways all around the coliseum that day? You had to literally walk around them to get to your seats. The whole first set we were wondering why they were there. Then at the intermission we found out. All those microphones came on and picked up thousands of conversations and relayed them out of the house PA. In turn, this sounded like a whirl wind of spirits flying around the coliseum. Did I mention that they were f-ing with our heads that day? It was like an Acid Test. I couldn't move. We were glued to our benches. So much for trying to get up to go and get a drink at intermission.
The 2nd set was just as stellar. I traveled through a hundred universes and dimensions that day which I still haven't fully returned from. I knew right then and there that I wasn't going to be the same from this day on and I'm not. In good way of course. When the last note of Knockin ended and the crowd started leaving, we sat there wondering - what the hell just happened here! We were STILL glued to our benches. In fact I think we were the very last ones to leave the coliseum. What normally would have been an hour train ride back home took us several hours as we kept getting off at the wrong stops.
Two days later we went to see The Who across the street at the Vet and would you believe I was still weirded out from that Dead show two days before. What an impact that show left and I'm still wondering - what the hell happened that day!!!
For those who weren't there, this is a Philly classic and every song here is top quality. It deserves 10 stars if I could give it.
Subject: Downloading...........HELP !!!
the mammoth horseshoe stadium was packed to the gills and the weather and the band were equally scorching...100,000 plus friends having nothing but fun and music on a hot summer's day
i would tare this old building down...
was'nt bob dylan involved in this?
i'll never forget the last song played at this dinosaur of a building......
but i swear it was part of the dylan and the dead tour
p.s. it sucks getting old
Subject: Bob's guitar???
One of the best shows of the 80's though.
Subject: Too bad encore wasnt "Brokedown Palace"
Subject: I REALLY MISS JFK Stadium
there IN the early 80's . One of the best dead shows i ever saw.....
the second set was awesome...... thanks for all the memories
Subject: This show rocks!!!
Subject: Real Love! Preach it Brent!
Subject: big stadiums
the recordings are often better also
Subject: hot,hot and hotter
Subject: 5 star performance
I just checked out the Scarlet>Fire and the Other One>Wharf Rat>Lovelight. I don't know why this show has not been released. It might even be the single greatest Dead show of the '80's. The band is confident, fully communicative, rocking and psychedelic at the same time, with the shaman effect in full swing.
The recording definitely sounds like an audience. There's some weird level adjustments in the middle of the Scarlet jam. Nonetheless, I hope this show sees the light of day.
When my friends might ask me, "what is a grateful dead show like," I would like to be able to share this one with them. This is music that dances in the stratosphere of the spirit with confidence, precision, communication, and awareness. This is not a meditation, this is a concert. The Dead doing what they do the very best that they do it.
Subject: another Blow Away comment
Subject: 89 rocks
Subject: another fine show from the latter half of 1989
Listen for a nice Blow Away, a smoking Scarlet Fire, a fine Knockin' encore, and one of the finer SOTM's. Of course the SOTM is nice because way too many of them occured in the last few years and featured Jerry's dying voice. This one sounds nice, and while Jerry ain't perfect, he's pretty good.
As far as the AUD thing is concerned...this is a Healy matrix. I don't know much about sound/recording/etc., but I'm pretty sure that Healy matixes are pretty reliable and true. but I'm no expert
Subject: This sounds like an AUD to me
I concur. Sounds like shotguns on a *tall* stand in the center of the pit.
The soundfield of the audience is too stable to be a board. Very Nice tape in any event.
Subject: UNREAL.... One of the Best Shows I Ever Saw
Subject: Blown Away !!!
The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> was great too - a hot day, hot first set (Let It Grow and awasome Blow Away !!!!!!!) (even the band was Blown Away by Brent) - perfect 2nd set ... lot's of good recorings of this were around just after the show as we had a few day break before going Alpine ( I had to miss a few shows and kinda finish college)
One of my personal 'top - tens ' .... Did I mention Scarlet -> Fire
Blew me away.. ...
Subject: my first show
Subject: Wow...never heard this one before
Subject: Sum Sum Summertime!
We were right up front for Bruuuuce who looked to be 20 ft tall with his squeeze box. Jerry looked even taller!
The next day we trucked down to Merriweather and caught ABB. Both days were totally out of control.
Subject: Summer 89'
However, I still think the 3-26-90 Blow Away smokes this one.
The Scarlet Jam with Jerry and Brent reading eachother's minds is pretty neat. Lovelite is excellent too, with a false ending very much like 6-14-91. I only got to see the Alpine shows from this tour, but these guys were ON for this whole east/midwest tour. Check out the new "Truckin Up To Buffalo" DVD (7/4/89). Great show too, as well as the "Downhill from Here" video release of 7-17-89.
Subject: My First Show also
The sound in the stadium was the best that I have ever heard.
Thanks guys for a GREAT SHOW.
Subject: MY 1ST SHOW
Subject: This was my first show
Subject: This sounds like an AUD to me
But this recording sounds more like a very good AUD, not a board/aud mix. It's most apparent in the vocals and snares and cymbals, where you get some of the telltale phasing effects.
Lotsa taper made excellent recordings of this show because the sound at JFK was so huge and you basically were recording in the free field. I was right behind the taper section for the entire show and it sounded pretty much like this tape does. I'd speculate it shotguns from the section pointed right at the stacks (comparing it to the FOB copies I have), but that's just a guess.
It *could* be a board mix, but I'm a tad skeptical. Great sounding tape though.
Subject: A Classic Show.
Subject: Blow Away Blew Me Away
There is a good mix of soundboard and crowd, actually a perfect mix for me. You really get the feeling you are at the concert. I do not download ÃÂAudÃÂ recordings but love it when is a soundboard with audience. Frankly, I am perplexed that there are 4 Star reviews here. Jerry and Bob do not screw up the lyrics. The band energy is very high, the crowd energy is very high, and the recording is crisp and clear. This is clearly a 5 Star performance to me and once I get organized and categorized I am confident this will be in my top 15%. 5 STARS!!
Subject: awesome show!!!
Subject: Brent's Finest Moment?
Listening again, I am Blown away again. This vocal performance on this song is incredible- so much soul, so much angst...wow. Perhaps his finest moment in the band.
I am glad to see so many people giving this scarlet-fire the recognition it richly deserves. It is truly one of the best of all time. Overall, this is one of the finer shows I ever attended.
Subject: Love this Show
Subject: Standing On The Moon!!!!
Great sounding CD!
I want a copy of EVERY show from 1987 through July 1990. Best stretch of shows since 1976-1978.
Ever see the movie "Scanners"?
I barely made it out of this show alive and intact... be sure to wear protective goggles.
Nice levels on this SBD, too.
Subject: Good Memories
Subject: not sure....
Subject: no warm ups --no builds....
sound quality gets a 5 star as well. excellent mix of sound and audience. Healy messed up plenty of shows, but when he got it right, its better than anything out there.
Subject: Solid Recording................
Subject: Great show
Subject: last brent show
Subject: you think your ribcage is a jailcell, momma?
Subject: The West Trenton Crew was there...
Subject: Great Stuff
Listening to an already-fading Jerry croak 'A lovely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you' still makes me shiver.
Subject: Brother Brent
The second set has a great Scarlet>Fire and O1>Wharf Rat (granted, neither is a uniqure pairing, but well played).
The sound quality is very good, well worth the d/l.
Subject: End of JFK
As for the end of JFK, for those who never knew. The Sixers and the Flyers wanted a new venue, they were sick of the Spectrum. Now at this time in the late 80s and early 90s, these teams sucked. They could not sell out the curent venue, so why the hell should they deserve a new bigger and better venue, right? They threatened the city of Philadelphia if they did not build them one that they would move across the river to Camden. Jfk was in dire need of repair, so let's tear down JFK and build a new venue there, it would cost too much to repair JFK. The stadium was actually condemned 4 days before the Grateful Dead were to play. The city was afraid of riots so they waited until after the show to announce the closing. The who were scheduled 2 days later to play but they moved that across the street to the Vet, which also is now gone. I happened to be friends with the president of the company who had the contarct for repairs to JFK. He told me it was about $100k to make the repairs to the stadium, fairly cheap, they condemned the stadium to make the sixers and flyers stay in Philly.
My favorite venue destroyed by two losing sports teams. Sad but true. JFK could hold 100K people for the record.
Subject: RFK RIP
Subject: jfk right up front
i dug the new sound. there was more midi in this show than i had yet experienced. it was fun. i had been oddly repelled-attracted to the pay-per-view phantom of the opera sounds from the solstice, so that i was a little prepared. my first standing was well placed out of estimated: gee i like surprises.
overall, the new songs were good songs, and the jams were hearty, a welcomed change from the more rock oriented preceeding years. i particulary dug the scarlet->fire transition and the estimated jam. after the show, my pal was muttering amazement about knockin', it really got him (he was more accustomed to firehose and descendants shows).
after we exited the stadium -- sticky, grimy, fade out glory -- we ran into a friend who had the misfortune to be back in the stands. he said it was as though he was listening to the band through a transistor a.m. radio. oops, sorry dude, we dug the hell out of it. be glad this is a crispy healy.
Subject: last show at RFK
Monster Scarlet>fire and for the most part,a nice show.Check out the transition jam form scar>fire.Well worth the download.What I want to know ARE....WHERE ARE THE GIANTS SHOWS A FEW DAYS LATER??????
Subject: End of my time in Philly
"Somewhere in San Francisco in a back porch in July"
That line would ring in my head for months through saying goodbye to my friends at Abington Friends School, where I had just finished my freshman year of highschool, and to our friends from our years living at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where my Dad was a professor. And it kept ringing in my head on the trip west, as we moved into our new family home, as I began life at Berkeley High Schoool and began seeing many more shows a year than I'd ever imagined possible before the move.
One of the things about the Grateful Dead that continues to amaze me is how much the stories these songs tell are, in fact, our own stories.
I'm not a huge fan of Matrix Tapes, and this is hardly as exciting as the setlists we'd see come October of '89, but this show is more than worth a listen.
"The coast of California must be somewhere over here, over here!"
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